Kane Scholarship Helps Chicago Schools Meet Illinois Standards
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|August 8, 2013 |
Kane Scholarship Recipient Helps Chicago Schools Meet Illinois Standards
CHICAGO — From Chicago to North Korea and back, Greg Romero obtained the skills needed to tangibly change Chicago’s urban schools.
Romero, a physical education graduate from Northeastern Illinois University, plans to become a physical education teacher in Chicago, particularly in areas struggling with diabetes and obesity in children.
“I want to help communities lower these problems, and I have the skills needed to help people avoid them,” Romero said.
The Albany Park native started a job this summer with the Academy of Urban School Leadership, which takes schools failing under the No Child Left Behind Act and Illinois standards, and turns them around.
“I came from a low-income household, so I want to work with students in high-poverty situations,” explained Romero.
Having served in the military, Romero said he learned responsibility and how to be a leader in adverse conditions. Romero was stationed in a demilitarized zone in North Korea from 2004 to 2005.
“Serving in such a strict culture I learned responsibility, integrity and leadership. I apply those values to everything I do, including being a physical education teacher,” explained Romero.
According to Romero, he joined the military because he never would have been able to afford college on his own. He viewed the military as a challenge and an opportunity to accomplish something. Romero viewed an education the same way. He enrolled at Northeastern in 2008 and graduated in May 2013. The veteran said it was the professors who encouraged him to continue with his education.
“The professors are excellent people, and at every opportunity they go above and beyond; they are personally invested in each student,” commented Romero.
Romero is a recipient of the Chuck Kane Memorial Scholarship. He was nominated for the award by faculty in the health, physical education, recreation and athletics (HPERA) department at Northeastern. Romero said receiving the award was an honor and shows hard work pays off.
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